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Proposal: Option to Decline XP from votingby rozallin (Curate)
|on Nov 12, 2004 at 02:06 UTC||Need Help??|
I propose that a tickybox (not enabled by default) should be provided in User Preferences to all users at Level 2 or above that allows individuals to decline XP from voting. What this would mean is that users with this option enabled would no longer:
This would not be retroactive; any XP gained previously from voting would not be deducted from your total XP. It should also be possible to turn this option off if a user decides that they want XP from voting and logging in after all. I also stress that this is a personal choice and as such people should not feel any different to how they feel now if they do not have this new option enabled. Information that a user has decided to decline XP from voting should not be publicly disclosed unless they wish to mention so in their homenode. This should minimise any sense of "elitism" that people whom have the option enabled may develop, although I think this would be extremely unlikely to happen.
As the existing XP of the user is not affected by this and an identical option is available to users on Everything2, which as far as I'm aware uses the exact same Perl-MySQL Web Content-Management System as PerlMonks does, I do not think this would be a difficult to implement should the idea be accepted by the community.
As is evident from the number of discussions held over the years, there is some dis-satisfaction with just how easy it is to get to Saint level without contributing many nodes and how meaningless XP (an imaginary number given out to you by anonymous strangers) is. These discussions have, on the whole, proved fruitless because the suggestions proposed are too either too "extreme" (get rid of XP altogether!) or require the system to be completely re-built with more levels, less votes, less ways to gain XP or combinations and variations of the above. Implementing the proposal I've suggested or something similar would allow those who wish their XP to reflect the quality of their written contributions alone to decline XP from voting whilst allowing others to enjoy the established Voting/Experience System, which means that slightly more people will be happy about it and not whine so much. Maybe.
I'm interested to hear what others think about this idea.--
Rozallin J. Thompson